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43.7 million hectares of organic land worldwide

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Global organic growth continues! The latest global data on organic farming presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BioFach fair 2016 in Nuremberg show that there are 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide. The statistics yearbook “The World of Organic Agriculture” has been launched on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

43.7 million hectares of organic farmland
A total of 43.7 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2014, representing a growth of almost 0.5 million hectares on the previous survey (2013 data). Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (17.2 million hectares, with 97% of that area used for grazing), followed by Argentina (3.1 million hectares) and the United States of America (2.2 million hectares).

FiBL: Growth of organic agricultural land by continents
40% of the global organic agricultural land is in Oceania (17.3 million hectares), followed by Europe (27%; 11.6 million hectares) and Latin America (15%; 6.8 million hectares). The countries with the largest share of organic agricultural land of their total farmland are the Falkland Islands (36.3%), Liechtenstein (30.9%) and Austria (19.4%). In eleven countries more than 10% of all agricultural land is organic.

More than two million producers

More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 172 countries report organic farming activities (up from 170) as shown in the 2016 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (data per end of 2014), published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International. Reaching a new all-time high, 2.3 million organic producers were reported in 2014. As in previous years, the countries with the most producers were India (650’000), Uganda (190’552) and Mexico (169’703).

FiBL: Countries with the largest number of organic producers

The positive trend seen in the past years continues

The market research company Organic Monitor estimates the global market for organic food in 2014 to have reached 80 billion US Dollars (more than 60 billion Euros). Consumer demand for organic products continues increasing, reflected in the significant market growth of 11% in the US, the world’s largest organic market. The United States is the leading market with 27.1 billion Euros, followed by Germany (7.9 billion Euros), France (4.8 billion Euros), and China (3.7 billion Euros). In 2014, the Swedish organic market experienced an unprecedented growth, increasing by more than 40 percent – a remarkable rate for an already well-established market. The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (221 Euros) and Luxembourg (164 Euros). And the positive development of the markets is going on in 2015. 

FiBL: Ten countries with the largest markets


The 17th edition of ‚The World of Organic Agriculture, published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International, *Willer, H, Lernoud, J, (eds.) (2016) The World of Organic Agriculture. Statistics and Emerging Trends 2016. FiBL, Frick, and, IFOAM – Organics International, Bonn
Results of the survey on organic agriculture worldwide;
Organic agriculture in the regions and country reports; Australia, Canada, the Pacific Islands,  United States of America.
Chapters on the global market, standards & legislations, voluntary standards , PGS, European market, data collection in Thailand and Australia
Numerous tables and graphs.
New addittions: 
Better Data: highlights examples of how organic market data are collected and associated challenges
 Commomdity case studies: a section  for the analysis of selected commodities

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